Marjorie Tesser (she/her), Editor-in-Chief of MER, co-edited the anthologies Bowery Women: Poems and Estamos Aquí: Poems of Migrant Farmworkers (both Bowery Books) and Travellin’ Mama: Mothers, Mothering, and Travel (Demeter Press). She authored poetry chapbooks THE IMPORTANT THING IS (Firewheel Award Winner) and The Magic Feather, and  her poetry fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in several journals and anthologies. Marjorie won a 2019 prize from the Academy of American Poets.


Poetry Co-Editors

Jennifer Martelli (she/her) is the author of The Queen of Queens, named a “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and My Tarantella, also named a “Must Read” and awarded Finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. Martelli’s chapbooks include All Things are Born to Change Their Shapes, After Bird, and In the Year of Ferraro. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, The Tahoma Literary Review, Folio, Jet Fuel Review, The Northwest Review, Tab: A Journal of Poetry, and elsewhere. Jennifer Martelli has twice received grants for poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Cindy Veach (she/her) is the author of Her Kind (CavanKerry Press) and Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press), named a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and a ‘Must Read’ by The Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, Diode and elsewhere. She received the 2019 Phillip Booth Poetry Prize and the 2018 Samuel Allen Washington Prize.


MER Prose Co-Editor

J.L. Scott writes across genres, from YA and MG fantasy to  contemporary literary stories. She is a mentor at PenParentis, as well as a member of AWP and of AURWC. She holds a BA, MA and MFA in Fiction and teaches writing for the corrections education program at Ashland University, which uses her textbook First Things First: Foundational Tools for Collegiate Writing. You can find out more at or follow on Twitter @JScottroller


MER Editors-at-Large

Ana C.H. Silva

Ana C. H. Silva (she/her) lives in NYC and Olive, NY. Her poetry has been published in Podium, Mom Egg Review, the nth position, Snow Monkey, Anemone Sidecar, Chronogram, and Stepaway Magazine. She won the inaugural Rachel Wetzsteon Memorial Poetry Prize at the 92nd St. Y Unterberg Poetry Center.


JP Howard

JP Howard’s (she/her) debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System), was a Lambda Literary finalist. She is the author of bury your love poems here (Belladonna*). JP is a 2018 featured author in Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools program and was a Split this Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism finalist. JP has received fellowships from Cave Canem, VONA, and Lambda and curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon.


MER Book Reviews Co-Editors

Laura Dennis (she/her) teaches at a liberal arts college in Appalachia. She serves as the blog manager for the Attachment & Trauma Network and as a book reviewer for several academic and creative publications. Her creative nonfiction received an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Betty Gabehart Prize and she was named a finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards in 2019. She was the featured author in the Bethlehem Writer’s Roundtable in the spring of 2020 and her critical writing was selected as Editor’s Choice in the 2019 issue of the Kentucky Philological Review. When not teaching, reading, or writing, she enjoys playing piano, walking in the woods, and spending time with her three children and motley crew of rescue pets.


Melissa Joplin Higley (she/her) is the author of the poetry chapbook First Father (Bottlecap Press). She won the Grand Prize in the 90th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in 2021, and her work has appeared in B_O_D_Y, Feral, The Night Heron Barks, Sleet Magazine, Whale Road ReviewWriter’s Digest, and elsewhere. She co-founded and co-facilitates the Poetry Craft Collective and serves as the 2024-2026 Town of Mamaroneck Poet Laureate.




Acknowledging Mom Egg Founding Publisher and Editor

Joy Rose, Mamapalooza Festival, Museum of Motherhood, and MOM Art Annex
Alana Ruben Free

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